Travel Guide: Rainbow Mountain – Information

Surely you have heard of a mountain with the colors of the Rainbow, or you have seen on social networks the stock photo of hikers on this incredible mountain. But haven’t you had the chance to visit it yet? Well, here I leave you all the information you need to know so that your visit to Vinicunca is one of the best experiences of your life.

The Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca, is one of the most beautiful natural attractions you can appreciate on the way to Apu Ausangate. It does say that the energy of the Mountain of Seven Colors is so great that it represents a new opportunity for all who visit it.

The majesty of this mountain is so incredible that it does list by National Geographic magazine as one of the 100 tourist places you must visit before you die 🙂

Vinicunca: History of Rainbow Mountain

The geographical feature (also known as Rainbow Mountain) representing this magical mountain is the snowy Ausangate, present in the Cordillera of the Vilcanota River.

Previously, this mountain did cover by a glacier, which resulted from global warming, melting until ultimately discovering the entire mountainous structure.

When you arrive at the place, you will be able to appreciate a great mountain formed of sediments or layers of different colors that have been superimposed one on the other to make a magnificent geological formation.

The slopes stain in various hues, including red, purple, green, yellow, pink, etc. Since 2016, when this incredible mountain became famous through social networks, it has received hundreds of tourists daily.

How high is Rainbow Mountain?

The Mountain of 7 Colors, or Vinicunca, is one of the enormous mountains in Peru and does locate at more than 5,200 masl (17060 feet).

The uphill walk can be a bit challenging, but once at the top, I assure you that your steps will have been worth it, and you will feel proud to reach one of the main tourist attractions of Cusco and Peru.

How to get to Rainbow Mountain?

Rainbow Mountain has located 140 km. Southeast of Cusco. To reach the destination, you must travel for three hours to a small town called Pitumarca, situated in the province of Quispicanchi. Once in Pitumarca, you must take a trail route to the peasant community of Pampa Chiri, where you will start the exciting hike.

After a 1-hour walk, you will arrive at the town of Machuraccay, where you can appreciate the colors of the mountain and other beauties such as lagoons and streams.

The journey’s end will be at the top of the Mountain of Seven Colors at approximately 5033 meters above sea level. At this point, it is common for travelers to take beautiful photographs to immortalize the moment.

If you are one of those people who have difficulties walking, you will find villagers who rent horses and take you much of the way along the way.

Is the hike to Rainbow Mountain Colors challenging?

In reality, the walk is not challenging; however, the difficulty lies in the altitude of the natural site. At the beginning of the walk, you will find yourself at about 4,980 meters above sea level and ascend to more than 5100 meters above sea level.

Suppose you are looking to go up to Vinicunca at your own pace. We recommend doing the excursion in a private group since otherwise, climbing coordinated next to many participants is challenging.

In addition, another vital factor to consider is traveling with children or older adults because they may be more vulnerable to walking conditions.

What is the best season to visit Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca?

In Cusco, there are two very marked seasons, the dry season and the rainy season.

The best season of the year to visit the mountain is in August since it is the dry season, and you will be able to visualize the colors of the hill perfectly due to the clear weather.

It is crucial to avoid the rainy months (December, January, and February) or times when snowfall has fallen since the visibility of the mountain does reduce.

In any case, the photographs you manage to take in this magnificent place will be evidence of having reached the goal.

What to do on the Rainbow Mountain?

Vinicunca, or the Mountain of Seven Colors, is a magical place for various activities.

Recommendations before visiting the Rainbow Mountain Treks

Spend one or two days acclimatizing in the city of Cusco. Bring warm clothes for the hike. If you do not consider yourself in good physical condition for the walk, rent a horse from one local. You won’t have to worry about anything, enjoy your trip.

Being at the top of this incredible mountain is something you will remember for the rest of your life, not only for its beauty but also for the unique satisfaction you will feel when you reach the finish line.

Seven Colors Mountain is open all year round, so get ready to discover it!

The Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca, visited by tourists

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